RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for Jan 09th, 2021


1.  Former RAC Ontario North Regional Director Larry Thivierge, VE3GT SK

Radio Amateurs of Canada has received the sad news that former RAC Ontario North Regional
Director Larry Thivierge, VE3GT, became a Silent Key on January 1, 2021.

RAC would like to extend its sincere condolences to his family and friends.

In addition to serving as RAC Ontario North Director from 2000 to 2002, Larry also served
as the Ontario Section Manager for the Canadian Radio Relay League and
Radio Amateurs of Canada from 1976 to 1999.
Please stay tuned to the March-April 2021 issue of The Canadian Amateur magazine
for additional information.

-- Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA, President, Radio Amateurs of Canada

2. Northernmost Reverse Beacon Net Node in Europe Launched

Thanks to a grant from the Yasme Foundation, the northernmost Reverse Beacon Net (RBN)
node in Europe went online on December 22. It was made possible by a Yasme Foundation
initiative to provide additional Reverse Beacon Network nodes in underserved areas.

This node is hosted by Radio Arcala, OH8X, very close to the Lapland Region. At and
above the Arctic Circle during hours of darkness. Polar path propagation offers a
footprint covering all of North America for many hours, even for stations within the auroral
oval. The OH8X RBN node will further help the study of the polar path mode.

The RBN node receiver is currently located at 65-11-03N and 26-14-53E, but may later
be moved even farther north to be into the heart of the auroral region of the Arctic Circle.

— Thanks to Radio Arcala for the info


3. Listen to digital modes on any android device - droidstar for android download

This software connects to D-STAR, DMR, Fusion, NXDN, P25, and M17 reflectors
and gateways/repeaters over UDP. It uses open source vocoder software for all modes,
and requires no AMBE hardware ro remote servers. Dstar encoding is currently
not acceptable for QSOs, so TX has been disabled.


there is also video by va3sii on youtube

-- ian, g3zhi

4. Special theme announced for World Amateur Radio Day 2021

SARL News reports the IARU Administrative Council has chosen 'Amateur Radio: Home but
Never Alone' as the theme for World Amateur Radio Day on Sunday, April 18, 2021

In the days and weeks following the onset of the pandemic radio amateurs reached out
spontaneously to one another via the airwaves at the local, national and global levels.
Local “wellness nets” provided friendly voices and regular status checks to those,
especially the elderly, who are confined to their homes. “Stay safe” special event
stations in dozens of countries reminded us all of the importance of limiting the
spread of the virus. On-the-air activity was at an unprecedented level throughout
the rest of 2020, with record-breaking numbers of entries in the major contests.

While the development of effective vaccines offers hope for a return to some semblance
of normality later in 2021, the pandemic will still be with us when we mark World
Amateur Radio Day 2021. This theme offers the opportunity for our Member Societies
to tailor meaningful messages to the general public about the values of the global
amateur radio community.

-- Source SARL http://www.sarl.org.za/

This concludes this week's bulletin.
Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager

Posted by: Paul Caccamo <va3pc @ rac.ca>